Policy, engagement & design initiatives inspire progress in Puget Sound

Inform Leafline’s gap analysis and learn from guest speakers about strategies for funding, community engagement, trail maintenance, and design.

Join us in May to unveil the map vision

Imagine a network of connected trails, where pathways to walk, bike, or roll take you everywhere you want to go! Our goal is to realize a network of trails that connects communities across Central Puget Sound.  Through an extensive mapping process, the coalition identified more than 450 miles of existing or planned trails. But manyContinue reading “Join us in May to unveil the map vision”

2022 legislative session

Opportunities to invest in trails The 2022 legislative session may be short, but there are opportunities to bring trails to the forefront. Here are key actions we’re hearing Connect active transportation spines – To ensure that all Washingtonians can get where they need to go, we must invest in active transportation spines and networks. AContinue reading “2022 legislative session”

Insights into progress, gaps on policy rides

Coalition members and public partners took to the trails during the Leafline Trails Summit to celebrate progress, understand gaps, and identify opportunities for collaboration. Interurban Trail – Algona to Pacific, connecting King and Pierce counties Communities, leaders, and trail managers are working together to improve trail connections between King and Pierce counties. Terry Jungman (Kent)Continue reading “Insights into progress, gaps on policy rides”

Federal, state, and local funding for trails

How do we resource the trails network to achieve our vision? From planning to construction and maintenance, it’s clear that funding makes world-class trails possible. Join us in learning from experts about the current state of federal, state, and local trails funding. During the Leafline Trails Summit on October 13, 2021, Monica Leers (King CountyContinue reading “Federal, state, and local funding for trails”

The Value of Trails

How can policymakers, trail managers, community members, and advocates communicate the value of the Leafline Trails network and leverage co-benefits? With insights from leading experts during the Leafline Trails Summit in October 2021—including how trails support mental and physical health, transportation for non-drivers, economic development for thriving local and regional economies, climate mitigation and adaptation,Continue reading “The Value of Trails”

2021 Leafline Trails Summit

Our fall summit is back for 2021! Let’s come together to chart next steps in our collective efforts to realize a vibrant and resilient future for the region through trails. With three virtual sessions and three outdoor events, we’ll celebrate progress, understand key challenges, and deepen our community of business, community, and government leaders. PleaseContinue reading “2021 Leafline Trails Summit”

Letter to Congressional delegation: Now is the time to prioritize trails

Join Leafline Trails Coalition in asking leaders in Washington, D.C. to prioritize federal funding for trail connections. Active transportation is the cornerstone of an integrated mobility network, and multiple signature projects are ready for investment today in King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties. By focusing on connections between communities, underserved communities, and critical trail gaps,Continue reading “Letter to Congressional delegation: Now is the time to prioritize trails”

When we invest in the network, trails will help solve our biggest problems

As our nation grapples with major challenges, policymakers should remember that trails provide cross-cutting solutions. A trail network across central Puget Sound will provide mobility solutions, green transportation options, safe places to walk or roll, and access to the outdoors. With big gaps in access to transportation and green space throughout the region, connecting theContinue reading “When we invest in the network, trails will help solve our biggest problems”

Make your voice heard during the 2021 Legislative Session

During this first-ever virtual legislative session, you have the opportunity to meet with your state legislators to encourage them to support investments and policies that create accessible, inclusive, and safe trails for people of every age and ability. Specific priorities which will help support our vision of a connected trails network across central Puget Sound, include: protectingContinue reading “Make your voice heard during the 2021 Legislative Session”

In 2020, we shone a light on the importance of trails

This year required a lot of us all. But, despite the distance, together we shone a bright light on the importance of trails. We formally launched in fall 2020, backed by leaders from the four counties Leafline will one day connect. Looking back at where we started—and the first gathering of trail managers, advocates, businesses,Continue reading “In 2020, we shone a light on the importance of trails”

Updates from November 12, 2020 Coalition meeting

From essential workers taking trails to get where they need to go, to families exploring nature, and old friends catching up, trails have brought so many of us a much-needed breath of fresh air this year. They’re one of the few places we can come together, even as we stay six feet apart. Even amidstContinue reading “Updates from November 12, 2020 Coalition meeting”

Introducing Leafline, a coalition to connect Puget Sound by trail

Today, leaders from King, Kitsap, Pierce, and Snohomish counties announced Leafline, a new coalition to connect the regional trails network. Leafline was jointly announced by elected leaders and partner organizations including: King County Executive Dow Constantine Kitsap County Commissioner Rob Gelder Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier Snohomish County Executive Dave Somers To learn how youContinue reading “Introducing Leafline, a coalition to connect Puget Sound by trail”

Working together for more and better trails

The qualities that makes the Northwest such an amazing place to live – access to nature, beautiful landscapes, and adventure around every corner – are embodied in our system of wide, paved, and accessible public trails. King County is a founding member of a new four-county collaborative effort, the Leafline Trails Coalition (formerly the Regional […]Continue reading “Working together for more and better trails”

Benefits of Connecting Communities Across Puget Sound

By connecting trails, we’re connecting communities for a better future. Investments in trail connectors and spines will: Build a resilient transportation system by connecting where people live, work, and play–bringing together rural and urban centers and maximizing the environmental benefits of active transportation; Connect underserved communities for better access to opportunity; Improve local economies byContinue reading “Benefits of Connecting Communities Across Puget Sound”